Operation Disneyland #3 – Designing Disney – Mary Blair “It’s a Small Word”
July 26, 2009
When Disney’s Mary Blair was working to design “It’s a Small World” for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York City, she was incredibly up to date with art and design of the era. Below are photographs of the ride’s facade at Disneyland.
Below are concept sketches for the facade by Mary Blair, along with a video where she talks about the design process with Walt Disney prior to moving the ride to Disneyland from the World’s Fair.
Blair may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Stig Lindberg; all who were incredibly popular at the time and were working with stacked shapes. Other artists may have included glass artist Georges Briard and fine artist Louise Nevelson.
The original World’s Fair ride also incorporated a kinetic sculpture titled “The Tower of the 4 Winds” designed by Rolly Crump. Unfortunately the tower was torn down when the fair ended.
Crump also may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames and their solar powered “Do Nothing Machine”
Here are some more Mary Blair-isms that I found at Disneland: